Tips for Hosting Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner


Ready or not, the holiday season has kicked off and we already know it’s going to be a little different this year. With COVID restrictions, traveling and spending time with loved ones may not be possible this Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on enjoying a meal with your loved ones … you’ll just have to go virtual. You’re probably already using Zoom for school, work and maybe even happy hours with friends, so why not use it to host a holiday gathering? Here are some pointers for setting up your online turkey day feast.

  • Step 1: Recipe swap- Since everyone will be making dishes at home on their own, spice things up by trading recipes with friends and family so you can try something new.
  • Step 2: Cooking together- Part of the fun is spending time with each other while preparing the food, so prop up your laptop in the kitchen and Zoom while you cook.
  • Step 3: Prepare your backdrop & table- Give your guests something to feast their eyes on with a festive Thanksgiving Zoom background. And since this is a holiday, set your table with the fancy dishes, crystal and tablecloths you’d normally use.
  • Step 4: Get grubbing- A good host always makes a toast before digging in, so come up with some ideas beforehand and you can include your guests by asking them what they’re thankful for. Then enjoy your turkey day dinner, just try not to get gravy on your laptop.
  • Step 5: Game time- Just because you’re not face-to-face doesn’t mean you can’t play some post-dinner games together. There are virtual gaming websites you can use and you can even play family favorites like Uno online.
  • Step 6: End the evening with a festive film- After the games, finish the Thanksgiving feast off with a movie. You can go for a kid-friendly classic, like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” share some laughs with “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” or usher in the next big holiday with a Christmas flick.

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